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Lemon Nut Star Cookies Recipe

Lemon Nut Star Cookies Recipe

Family and friends will say "Hooray!" when they see these star-spangled cookies from our Test Kitchen. Make these treats throughout the year by using different cookie cutter and food coloring.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:33 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Red and blue food coloring


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the lemon juice, cream and lemon peel.
  • 2. Combine the flour, almonds, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured star-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 4. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, corn syrup and lemon juice until smooth. Divide into three bowls. Tint one portion red and one portion blue; leave the third portion white. Spread over cookies; let stand overnight for glaze to harden. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 171 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

Reviews for Lemon Nut Star Cookies

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Nana244now User ID: 5885663 34128
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"I am not sure what may of gone wrong with the other reviewers who felt these were garbage. They are very good, I followed the directions with minor changes, changed out the lemon zest for orange zest. My only issue was with the glaze, did not work out as easily as I would of thought, but the taste overall is good. We made these for my Grandson's scout picnic and he loves them."

Pete2 User ID: 2698506 41379
Reviewed May. 29, 2010

"Sorry- flour!"

Pete2 User ID: 2698506 95734
Reviewed May. 29, 2010

"What a nasty dough recipe! Had to add more flower and freeze to do anything with it. Of course, that made rolling so much easier..."

jvoss User ID: 4119612 75253
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2009

"Terrible -- I love almonds and lemon and thought the cookies would be a winning combination -wrong - will probably throw in the garbage -- sorry!!"

motor city lady User ID: 4160022 33335
Reviewed May. 18, 2009

"I love that you have next to the recipe, the nutrition facts. That is very helpful for people who do the point system to loose weight. I hope to see more nutrition facts next to the recipes. Thank you again."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.